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NESA Days 2015: 18 – 20 September 2015 in Berlin, Germany
The NESA Days 2015 included delegates from 44 countries. The main highlights featured the introduction of the first clinical outcome of a new telesurgical system - the Telelap Alf-X, with Haptic sensation, the improvement of post-operative personalized therapy based on the geneitcal evalution of the tumors and the standardization of sugrical methods which enable comparison between different institutions and surgeons.
In May 2015, NESA in cooperation with FIGO and VEDICI Hospital Group in France held a surgical workshop in Senegal for all French-speaking African countries. Due to the successful outcome, the NESA was asked to run an all-African database in order to standardize and optimize surgical procedures and their outcome.
The NESA and FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning cooperation. Joint surgical courses will be initiated and conducted wherever necessary. The first surgical course was held in Yerevan, Armenia from 9 to 11 June 2014 at a conference with more than 200 participants. Surgical demonstration took place at the university hospital.
As from 1 April 2014 the NESA has a scientific cooperation agreement with GeneSort, a molecular diagnostics company whose aim is to determine tumours' genetics profile and identify DNA mutations in specific cancer-related genes.
The NESA is starting the New Year with an anti-C-section campaign. We strongly believe that, like any other operation, there should be a valid indication for performing Caesarean sections. Unfortunately, the Caesarean section rate is increasing at an extreme rate, for which there is no justification. For more information, please visit our Ob/Gyn Projects section.
Preventive medicine as a new NESA discipline
During the NESA's yearly executive board meeting, which was held in Berlin on 23 January 2012, it was decided to add preventive medicine as the sixth discipline represented by the NESA. Prof. Werner Seebauer is responsible for this discipline.
The NESA launched a medical university named the 3H Medical University (Honora Honore Humanae – respect human dignity), which is based on centres of excellence. In November 2009, the First Academic Board Planning Meeting took place in Berlin. Delegates from 12 countries participated in the meeting. The 3H Medical University was registered this March in London. On 27 March 2014 the Founders' Committee and the Curriculum Committee met in Berlin and approved the curriculum framework and the plans for further development.
Telelap Alf-x – A new telesurgical concept and system.
The NESA is collaborating with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and TransEnterix Italia S.R.L. concerning a novel telesurgical system, which has already been certified in Europe for clinical use. It is a new concept called Telelap Alf-x. The advantages of this system are universality, tactile sensing, safety, 3D vision with an eye-tracking system and cost-effectiveness, as low-cost disposable or reusable instruments can be used. An International Scientific Advisory Board has been appointed which accompanies the preclinical studies.
Researchers from SOFAR and the NESA are developing a new type of console which allows the surgeon to feel the tissues in his or her fingertips. This makes the usage of the system as similar as possible to open surgery, with the advantages of endoscopy, bringing about a renaissance of abdominal surgery.
Download the Brochure describing the system.
Following our activities in Africa, the NESA was invited to participate in the 1st FIGO Africa Regional Conference of Gynecology and Obstetrics, which was held from 2 to 5 October 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Following the successful 2011 surgical and ultrasound course in Senegal, the NESA, in cooperation with FIGO and MedicalAidFilms, conducted a similar course in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Between 12 and 17 June 2012, lectures and practical application were done at the Yalgado Ouedragogo hospital. Some 40 gynaecologists from Burkina Faso participated. Basic ultrasound was taught and optimal methods for vaginal hysterectomy and caesarean section were introduced. See pictures.
NESA Days 2014
The NESA Days 2014 took place in Daios Cove, Crete in cooperation with the Association of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Quebec and the Greek Infertility Association. During the conference, the first 146 operations performed with the European telesurgical system, the Telelap Alf-x, at the University of Rome were reported. Novelties in endoscopy and natural orifice surgery were presented and discussed. Delegates from the MIPT University in Moscow awarded professorships to NESA members for their scientific achievements. View pictures and book of abstracts.
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